Once upon a time I thought that this was Celery. Red Celery.


Then the Food Network told me that it had its own name; Rhubarb.

When you grow up in a household that serves Macedonian food 100% of the time, you kinda don’t find out about these other foods until you start driving. Or start watching the Food Network. We didn’t have The Cooking Channel back then.

Random: My cousin, Gerry, and I watched the Food Network once for 12 hours straight. Once we finished with that, we started watching The Godfather – I, II, and III.

Where was I going with this?

Oh right. The Red Celery. Sounds like a movie title. :)

Usually by this time of year rhubarb is everywhere. But this year, for whatever reason, it came a bit late in this part of the country. I was on the hunt for rhubarb for three weeks. I went to three different farmer’s stands and none of them had it. For the love of food, all I wanted was just a few stalks of rhubarb!


Finally last week there it was in a big brown box, sitting there lookin’ all red and pretty. The owner of the stand gave me a discount on it because he remembered me from the other times that I came to see him for this veggie. :) or fruit. (scratching head) Which one is it?

Rhubarb Chutney

(inspired by Martha)

Makes 2 cups

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


  • Heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook until softened; 5 minutes.
  • Mix in the rhubarb, raisins, sugar, ginger, and cinnamon.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 6 minutes, or until rhubarb begins to break down.


  • Stir in the vinegar and remove from heat.
  • Serve it with some pork! YUM!




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  1. Carla Meine May 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM - Reply

    Really enjoy Rhubarb but I haven’t seen it around here yet either. This looks great.

  2. kateiscooking May 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    Great recipe Kate! May have to make it tomorrow – even though we’re having pulled pork with bbq sauce… Red celery. As soon as Connie finishes listening to Car Talk I’m going to share the funny :-)

  3. Sandra May 29, 2011 at 7:59 PM - Reply

    Yummy Kate and sounds so good with pork.

  4. Lora @cakeduchess May 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM - Reply

    This chutney looks fantastic. I also have not had good luck in finding any rhubarb. This week I will look some more. Love The Godfather movies and I’ve also watched them back to back (before the kids):)

  5. Priscilla - She's Cookin' May 28, 2011 at 4:33 PM - Reply

    Red celery, lol! I’ve mostly had rhubarb in pies, but I can imagine that this chutney was the perfect accompaniment to your pork tenderloin and would pack a flavor punch to about anything! Great job :)

  6. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM - Reply

    I was looking forward to this post! I am in love with chutney and now one with rhubarb – perfect! Enjoy the long holiday weekend.

  7. briarrose May 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    Ehehehe…I totally thought it was a nicely colored celery back in the day. ;)

    Beautiful chutney….my mouth waters a bit. ;)

  8. Magic of Spice May 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM - Reply

    Always reminds me of red celery too, rainbow chard as well :) Love this recipe and I have been seeing these babies at our markets…funny with the fruit or vegetable, in the US it is classified as a fruit but elsewhere I think a vegetable? Well these pretty babies get around anyway :)

  9. Biren @ Roti n Rice May 26, 2011 at 11:37 PM - Reply

    It does look like red celery! I am also new to rhubarb and have only cooked it once. This chutney sounds perfect with pork.

  10. Kim - Liv Life May 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM - Reply

    I used to think that people only ate rhubarb because they had to… then I tried it, for real and gave it a good chance, and it was darn good! I just don’t think that I’d had it prepared well before. I haven’t taken the plunge and made anything myself yet, but I think this is my year!!

  11. Firefly May 26, 2011 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    Hahahhaha it was the same for me, we had 100% Serbian food until we came here and than we decide to try something else :)
    I love this recipe :) looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing Kate :)

  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM - Reply

    I bet this is good on just about EVerythiNG! I love rhubarb and wish it’s season lasted longer.

  13. BigFatBaker May 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM - Reply

    Looks great! And now I have an excuse to eat more rhubarb :)

  14. Celia May 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM - Reply

    Yum! Wish I’d come across this a couple of hours earlier; I just made a rhubarb dressing, and am sure this chutney would also have been super spectacular with the chicken I grilled! Yay for Red Celery season!

  15. Looks like celery to me, too! Easy mistake to make right? We’ve had Rhubarb Pie, Apple Rhubarb Pie but never Rhubarb Chutney. I’ll bet this is absolutely delicious….

  16. Liz May 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM - Reply

    Perfect with your pork! YUM!

  17. Nami @ Just One Cookbook May 26, 2011 at 6:26 PM - Reply

    Haha you are funny about red celery, but that was once upon a time. In my case it’s VERY recent. LOL. You are right – I grew up with Japanese food and even I came here I only cook Japanese food (except for few western food). Until I started blogging and rhubarb in season, I really didn’t know it wasn’t red celery. Your chutney looks amazing. I only wish I know what it tastes like. I believe you, it looks great with the pork…. YUM!

  18. Lindsey@Lindselicious May 26, 2011 at 6:01 PM - Reply

    Aaah everyone is making things with rhubarb and I have never tried it. I think I am getting food envy since all these dishes sound so yummy.

  19. Corrine May 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM - Reply

    Yummy! I love rhubarb but my stupid local grocery store doesn’t carry it.

  20. PolaM May 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM - Reply

    You got me to put rhubarb on my grocery list for the first time….

  21. Lori May 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM - Reply

    I completely get sucked into Food Network all the time, sometimes even if I don’t like a show, I leave it on….crazy! The chutney looks wonderful, now I have something to do with my extra rhubarb!

  22. Linda May 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    I have never used rhubarb before but this has definitely intrigued me. Red celery… how cute!

  23. Mike@The Culinary Lens May 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM - Reply

    Chutney and Rhubarb two of my favorite things

  24. Melissa@EyesBigger May 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM - Reply

    Arrrrgh… Kate!!! I have been wanting to try a rhubarb chutney all spring and finally gave up looking for a recipe. This morning, I cooked up the last of my rhubarb with some blueberries and strawberries to mix with yogurt and ice cream or put in smoothies. I wish I had seen this before I did that. I would have given it a try. hmmmph. I will have to remember this for next spring.

  25. Drick May 26, 2011 at 1:15 PM - Reply

    red celery…. funny – love this idea using rhubarb as a base for chutney

  26. Adriana May 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM - Reply

    I’m dreading the June FFwD recipe that calls for rhubarb because I’ve never seen it here in Puerto Rico. Between your chutney and all those strawberry/rhubarb pie recipes I’m super curious.

  27. torviewtoronto May 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    yummy looking chutney we make a different chutney with rhubarb can’t wait for it so I can make some hope it will be in season soon

  28. Hester Casey - Alchemy May 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    This is a lovely recipe. I normally put my supply of rhubarb into cake or crumble but I shall save some to try this out.

  29. kimberlycun May 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    can totally relate to the red celery thing hehe

  30. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    My neighbor just gave me some beautiful rhubarb stalks from her garden. That’s when you know you have a good neighbor. This looks like a great use for them!

  31. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking May 26, 2011 at 9:46 AM - Reply

    I’ve never cooked rhubarb, but your chutney looks really delicious and I do love to try new recipes :). Thanks for sharing that, Kate!!!

  32. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos May 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM - Reply

    ahhh i love this rhubarb idea!!! and the deep red color will dress up any dish beautifully. i have to go buy some now :).

  33. Claudie May 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    That chutney looks wonderful!
    I absolutely understand you about the “other” foods. It was the same for me. Then, one day I got a CSA subscription and started getting all those “weird” veggies. The first time I saw kale, I had to google to figure out what it was… now I cook all the time with it. It just seems so strange when I go back home, and they wonder what I’m talking about :)

  34. JL goes Vegan May 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM - Reply

    YAY! I have some rhubarb that need to get used up this weekend! I know what I’m making! :)

  35. Fresh and Foodie May 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM - Reply

    I love this recipe! My husband loves rhubarb, and since it’s only around for a short period of time, I always end up making desserts with it. I love the idea of making something more on the savory side. Great idea!

  36. Megan @ pipandebby May 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM - Reply

    Mmmm, serving this with pork would be so delicious! I love the addition of raisins, what a perfect touch. Also, the marathon tv day? Awesome!

  37. Parsley Sage May 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM - Reply

    So so good. I’ve been looking for a way to pop my rhubarb cooking cherry…something easy and yummy. I’m thinking you’ve just sorted me :) Thanks for sharing!

  38. Kristy May 26, 2011 at 8:26 AM - Reply

    Yay! I was hoping you’d post this one. I can’t wait to give it a try. :) It looks delicious. Now I just need to find my local farmer’s market.

  39. Charlie May 26, 2011 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    It does look a little like celery but I never noticed ;). My grandmother had rhubarb in her garden and I ate tons when I was a kid! Didn’t see any here yet either. Your chutney sounds really good, anything with rhubarb sounds good :P.

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